1987 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 3.2L from North America

Summary:

Fun, reliable and a blast to drive!

Faults:

With this age of vehicle, you have to expect that there is maintenance. I just have an expectation that I refurbish some aspect every year. Last year I did the plugs and wires and distributor. This year the door and window seals. This is an extremely fun and reliable vehicle.

General Comments:

My dream car since I was a kid. I could not be happier. It's peppy and classy. I get compliments everywhere I go. Holds its value and is a classic vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2014

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 3.2 from North America

Summary:

A true driveable classic

Faults:

Replaced tie rod ends.

Hit with the infamous broken Delivar head bolt, and went full on preventative maintenance, and had the entire top end redone when the bolt was being replaced.

General Comments:

Love it. A car that really needs to be driven, and inattentiveness can result in some scary situations.

Interior was high end for its time; now it is comfortable in a Spartan way (just like it should be).

This vehicle is easily tweaked to enhance its already stellar performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2013

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 H-6 from North America

Summary:

Hard to match these cars for sheer driving pleasure, feel, brakes and handling

Faults:

Rear sway bar bushing link broke & had to be welded back on frame.

A/C condenser fan motor seized, but was an easy repair.

Otherwise, the car has been very reliable and lots of fun.

General Comments:

Purchased with 88,000kms & all documented history and service back to original bill of sale! Never winter driven, and interior & body were immaculate. New clutch was installed by dealer prior to purchase.

Lowered to euro spec ride height, the car handles beautifully and the road feel is fantastic through the standard (non powered) steering. Amazing brakes!

Stock pickup, although fine, was a little flat below 4000rpm, so I installed a Steve Wong DME chip (911 Chips) with a cat bypass & sport muffler, which brought the car alive.

It now drives so much better with much improved throttle response from 1500rpm all the way to redline. This is probably the best bang for the buck performance improvement out there for the 3.2 motor. I strongly suggest a ride in one to illustrate the difference.

The new cars are lovely, but there is something about the raw nature & feel of the earlier 911s. I personally think that the 87-89 Carreras are the best of the early breed - light & fast with improved G50 transmission, hydraulic clutch, and factory oil cooler.

There's nothing to match the whine of the air cooled 3.2 flat six at redline!

The car has been very reliable, and is not difficult to work on for all basic maintenance. I personally use Brad Penn Racing 1 20-50W oil, which has very high zinc & phosphorous levels not found in current API oils. This aids in lubrication for the valvetrain & higher spring pressures of the 2 valve motor, and aids against wear.

I previously had a 914/6 with a 2.4 S spec 911 motor, Webers, headers, quad ANSA, 911 brakes, wheels etc. and to my regret I sold it years ago.

I won't make the same mistake with this one. I love this car, and it always makes you feel like you're driving a racer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2011

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 3.2 flat six from North America

Summary:

I love this car

Faults:

The fuel lines needed to be replaced.

The alternator needed to be replaced.

The valves needed to be adjusted.

The brake pads needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

The defining characteristic of the car is its mechanical feeling.

From the sounds, the feeling and even the smell of warm oil, you know you are in a machine.

The car never stops talking to you. You can feel the steering loading up as you go faster around corners. You can feel the brake pads pushing on the rotors.

After a long drive on a twisty road, when are stopped at a stop light, you can feel the throbbing motor behind you, begging you to flog it some more.

I researched 911s for years, buying books like "The Used 911 story" (highly recommended) and prowling websites to find out the strengths and weaknesses of each year and model. I finally settled on the Carrera 3.2, because it was old enough to be air cooled and not to have OBD II that would generate "Check Engine" error messages. However, they are new enough to have hydraulic clutches and smooth g50 transmissions. They have "Carrera" chain tensioners, so that there are no worries about failed tensioners. No problems with blown CIS air boxes either.

Take care of it and it will take care of you.

Do not buy these cars just to impress others. You have to commit -- till death do you part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2011